MS. PHYLLIS McGEE by Sherrie Basch Stelik (’72)
Phyllis McGee aka Phyllis Love, Osana Love, Osana Gooding was born in Des Moines, IA. She studied at what is now called Carnegie Mellon University in PA and the Actors Studio in NY. She taught English and Drama at MHS from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. Prior to and during her tenure at MHS she was a stage, movie and T.V. actress whose roles included Rosa Delle Rose in the ‘51 Broadway production "The Rose Tattoo" and Mattie Birdwell in the ‘56 film "Friendly Persuasion.” Ms. McGee acted in 8 Broadway plays from 1950 to 1960, including "The Member of the Wedding," "The Country Girl," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" and "Bus Stop." Besides "Friendly Persuasion," she had a supporting role in the ‘61 drama "The Young Doctors." From the early 1950s to the mid-'70s, she appeared in dozens of TV shows, from programs like "The Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse," “Playhouse 90” and "Studio One in Hollywood" to "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," "The FBI” and "Bonanza." Her first marriage to playwright James Mc Gee ended in divorce. She married Alan Gooding in 1983. Ms. McGee Love Gooding died Sunday, November 2, 2011 at her home in Menifee. She had Alzheimer’s disease.